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Estepona, Costa del Sol

 

Estepona is a short hour’s drive down the coast from Benalmadena.  A beautiful coastal town, full of Spanish character, retaining it’s pueblo charm, with so much to offer.

The Beach and Marina

Walking along the paseo at this time of year, when there are very few tourists, the beach is deserted and yet the beachfront restaurants and cafes are full of Spanish people enjoying their long lunch breaks.

The beach is perfect and the views wonderful.  This is Gibraltar you can see, and on a clearer day you can see across to Morocco.

Quick Game of Chess in the sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a quick game of chess, we walked on to the Marina, which was gorgeous.  But I am a little biased, as I love boats! There are probably about 400 boats in the marina, attracting those who want to experience this traditional Spanish town, as it is quite centrally located, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops.  There is also a thriving fishing community here and you can see the fishing boats coming in and out.   

We walked past one such fisherman sorting out his nets and had to keep Keef the dog from running all over them!  Look how long they are!

Fishing Nets

The Old Town

We then walked back to the Old Town for lunch. Narrow, cobbled streets with flowerpots adorning the white walls make Estepona very typically Spanish.  Lots of modern shops and boutiques are sandwiched between cosy bodegas and tapa bars.  Plaza Las Flores is a gorgeous square aligned with orange trees and a central fountain covered in flowers.

It was just off Plaza Las Flores that we had lunch.  A huge selection of delicious tapas, with friendly service, which we enjoyed while sitting in the sun – just perfect!

              

Clock Tower

There is also a pretty clock tower, dating back to the 16th Century, which used to be part of a church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, so only the clock tower remains.

 

Why Visit Estepona?

  • 325 days of sunshine a year
  • The white walled town centre has many shops, restaurants and bars;
  • The stunning beach is part of 21km of beaches along the Costa del Sol;
  • Surrounded by mountains and sea, the views are incredible;
  • Lots of places to visit that are very close to Estepona, such as Marbella, Malaga & Nerja;
  • It is very typically Spanish, so if you want to experience a mostly unspoilt town, this is it.

We only went for a day, but plan on going again for a weekend, so we can explore the nightlife!

Here’s a video showing you around the Old Town:

 

Well worth a visit if you can!